1. Before changing the diet of your pet always check with your veterinarian to select foods and supplements that best suit your pet's age, health, activity level and breed.

2. This guide has been created for information and advisory purposes only. We have made certain assumptions concerning your pet and his health and activity habits, including;

a) We have assumed that your pet is of average health for his age and breed and that the food he eats is of average protein, calorific and overall nutrional value.

b) We have assumed that you will be feeding your dog puppy food for the first 12 months of his life and then changing to adult food at 1 year old.

c) We have assumed that your dog is the average size for his breed. If your dog is smaller or larger than the average for his type of breed then you may want to feed him more or less than we are suggesting in this guide.

d) We have assumed that a dog becomes a 'senior dog' at approximate 75% of his life expectancy range.

e) We have assumed that a senior dog needs approximately 15% less food than that of an adult dog given that he is likely to be doing less exercise. If your senior dog is still getting regular exercise then you may still choose to feed him as an adult dog.

f) We have assumed that, as there is water content within wet food, that your dog needs 20% more wet food than dry food to get the same volume of food. This may vary by brand of dog food.

g) We have assumed that your dog gets regulary daily exercise - the equivalent of at least 2 walks per day.

Your dog may fit all, some or none of the parameters we have based our assumptions on. Its important to remember that this guide is not a directive of what you must do to care for your dog. It is merely a guide that allows you to follow or not follow the information we have given you based upon the information you have entered about your dog.

3. You are responsible for ensuring that the health and nutritional requirements of your dog are met and adhered to.

4. Not all dog foods contain the same nutritional benefits. You should carefully check that your dog is being fed the most appropriate type of food for his breed, weight and age.

5. If your dog tends to get a lot of exercise then you may choose to feed him more than our guidelines as he will be burning more calories. Conversely, if your dog gets little exercise you may choose to feed him less than our guidelines as he is not given the chance to burn off as many calories as a dog that gets more frequent exercise.

6. Its really important not to overfeed your dog and let him get too unhealthy. An unhealthy dog makes for a shorter lifespan, bigger vet bills for you and most of all makes for an unhappy dog if he is uncomfortable when moving around.

7. You should feed your dog at the same times every day. Just like us, they like a routine and its healthy for them.

8. All feeds are based on 8oz cup sizes and have been rounded to the nearest quarter of a cup.

9. For mixed breed dogs, we have tried to map the results as best as possible to a typical breed within the size range you select for when fully grown.